Technical Officer - Health Systems Strengthening
Strengthening Systems for Better Health

Strengthening Systems for Better Health Activity is a 5-year project aimed at improving health outcomes in Nepal, particularly for the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in the country. This will be accomplished through supporting the Government of Nepal’s efforts to expand access to and use of quality maternal, newborn and child health and family planning services, with a specific focus on newborn care. Strengthening Systems for Better Health Activity was initiated in January 2018 and will achieve three outcomes:

(i) improving access to and utilization of equitable healthcare services,

(ii) improving the quality of health services at facility and community levels and

(iii) improving health system governance, within the context of decentralization and federalism.

The Activity is implemented in close collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Population, the Ministry of Federal Affairs and General Administration at federal level, provincial and municipal governments, facility and community level health service providers and other key stakeholders. Project technical staff will engage at national, provincial and municipal levels in the target geographic areas of Karnali Province and Banke, Bardiya, and Dang  Districts of Province 5. 

Technical Officer - Health Systems Strengthening

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NUMBER OF VACANCIES: 3

PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: July 2019- September 2022 – (annual contract with renewal based on staff performance and funding availability)   

SUPERVISOR: Deputy Team Lead 

LOCATION: Any of Humla, Dolpa, Mugu, Jumla, Rukum - West, Jajarkot, Kalikot, Dailekh, Surkhet, Salyan, Dang, Banke, and Bardiya  

ROLE PURPOSE: 

With support of province-based Health Systems Strengthening (HSS) Specialist, the Technical Officer–HSS will work collaboratively with other Technical Officers (Information Systems and MNCH/FP) to support District Coordination Committees (DCCs), District Health Offices (DHOs), or their equivalent in new federal structure and selected Municipality officials in preparation of Annual Workplans and Budgets for the targeted municipalities, as well as timely execution of these plans and budgets. In addition, the Technical Officer will provide technical support to municipalities for preparation of Municipal Health Profile, if required and stakeholders mapping. S/he will provide technical assistance, as required, for sound management of other health systems components at municipal level, with a focus on human resources planning and management and essential medicines supply. The Technical Officer -HSS will also be responsible to work with health facilities and management committees to strengthen service delivery systems, facility-based planning and the management capacity of the committees. S/he will report directly to the Provincial Deputy Team Lead.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES:

1. Technical Assistance and Capacity Building

  • Provide support to district and municipal level policymakers on strategic planning, resource allocation, budget execution and monitoring, human resource planning and management and other health systems issues as required
  • Provide technical support to prepare municipal level health profile, inclusive of stakeholder analyses (working in the district/palika)
  • Provide technical, logistical and other administrative support and capacity building to selected municipalities to prepare their Annual Work plans and Budgets, based on review of health and other socio-demographic information and by utilizing tools and guidelines prepared by MOFAGA and MOHP
  • Support selected municipalities to enter the work plan and budget in electronic Work plan and Budget System (eAWPB) and to build their capacity to monitor their expenditure through Transnational Accounting and Budget Control System (TABUCS) and/or other systems used by Municipalities (e.g. SuTRA)
  • Undertake activities in support of enhanced governance, accountability and citizen engagement with the health service delivery system and health authorities
  • Support municipal health authorities to use innovative training/capacity building techniques and train them on these techniques
  • Participate in/moderate/facilitate (initially) municipal level periodic and annual reviews and planning meetings; help to establish a system for annual/periodic review, promoting best practice in the use of evidence to monitor progress and  performance, identify gaps and design feasible solutions to address gaps in service coverage and health systems performance
  • Provide technical support to strengthen effective functioning of selected Health Facility Operation and Management Committees
  • Work closely with other Technical Officers and support team at Surkhet field office and ensure appropriate coordination with work streams overseen by those colleagues

2. Program Management Support

  • Ensure accurate and timely submission of required technical reports and deliverable, including lessons learned, for the health systems strengthening component in assigned geographical area
  • Assist with the planning of project meetings, training sessions and consultations, collecting additional information from Municipalities, health facilities, local level health offices etc as needed and assigned
  • Make logistical arrangements for project team travelling to their assigned municipalities, as needed

Skills Pre-requisites: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Health Administration, or other relevant field with substantial experience
  • At least six years of related professional experience, with technical knowledge and understanding of health systems
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and implement capacity building interventions, using a variety of methods
  • Ability to build positive working relationships, characterized by mutual respect and professional courtesy, with counterparts and program beneficiaries across cultural, linguistic and geographic boundaries
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work successfully in multi-disciplinary team; manage multiple tasks concurrently; meet deadlines with attention to detail and quality
  • Understanding of Government of Nepal’s planning and budgeting process, including in context of federalism and previous experience in supporting preparation of annual work plan and budget for District Health Offices and/or Municipalities
  • Ability to work/travel in remote areas of assigned districts within short notice; strong professional those who are from and/or working in the Karnali Province will be given preference
  • Strong networking and computer proficiency skills
  • Excellent written/oral skills in Nepali and English
  • Strong leadership skill and ability to transfer this skill to others.

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